Continuing his policy of taking credit for good things while having done nothing to earn it, President Donald Trump on Monday claimed he is the person responsible for protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions from losing coverage. That is false, as many on social media reminded him.
“I was the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare,” Trump falsely claimed. “I will always protect your Pre-Existing Conditions,” he added, which is also false.
Trump’s administration has signed on to a lawsuit designed to kill the entire Affordable Care Act, and even asked the courts to literally void ObamaCare from the books.
He also falsely claimed that he has brought “your healthcare” to “the best place in many years.”
That too is false. Thanks to President Trump ObamaCare premiums increased dramatically when he tried for several years to instill uncertainty into the program, causing insurance companies to jack up rates, which they continue to do.
….and, if Republicans win in court and take back the House of Represenatives, your healthcare, that I have now brought to the best place in many years, will become the best ever, by far. I will always protect your Pre-Existing Conditions, the Dems will not!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2020
Trump’s healthcare tweets are being called “bald faced lies,” and many are pointing to his actions that have greatly harmed the ObamaCare system.
Take a look:
This is an absurd lie. The Trump administration is currently urging the courts to strike down the Affordable Care Act, including its protections for pre-existing conditions. https://t.co/SceGwUX3mh
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) January 13, 2020
Republicans are suing in 20 states that mandating insurance companies to provide pre-existing condition insurance coverage options is unconstitutional. Donald Trump’s administration is refusing to defend against these lawsuits putting coverage options at risk
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) January 13, 2020
From day one in office, @realDonaldTrump has waged an all-out war on our health care, and protections for the 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions have been his number one target.
— Obamacare (@Obamacare) January 13, 2020
An obscene, Orwellian lie, and Dems need to actually make a stink about it rather than just count on fact checkers to do it for them. Otherwise, every other Republican will parrot the lie and the acquiescent media will report that views on who saved pre-ex protections differ. https://t.co/YMqlkpcoD0
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) January 13, 2020
Another big fat lie from the traitor in the White House. Sad that we have to endure your crap on a daily basis like this.
— Mike Mulligan (@mikemulligan13) January 13, 2020
This is a bald-faced lie.
Having changed its position, the Justice Department is now actively asking the federal courts to throw out the entire ACA—including, more than a little cynically, the (entirely constitutional) requirement that insurers cover pre-existing conditions. https://t.co/VvI6M6RuMQ
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) January 13, 2020
Trump is pursuing a lawsuit RIGHT NOW to declare protections for people with pre-exisiting conditions unconstitutional https://t.co/fQY8EK4jdf
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 13, 2020
You are the most notorious liar in political history. So don’t talk about false advertising.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) January 13, 2020
There is no nuance here: Republicans are trying to use Republican Supreme Court to kick 20+ million off of healthcare. No replacement, off of healthcare. Full Stop.
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) January 13, 2020
This is colossal BS. The Trump Administration is pushing to overturn all of Obamacare, and with it protections for pre-existing conditions. But Trump is so afraid that this will hurt him politically that he has asked the Supreme Court to DELAY any ruling until after the election
— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) January 13, 2020
You tried to repeal the ACA and have a lawsuit literally at this moment to releal pre existing conditions / the ACA. You have tried to end pre existing conditions and have failed.
But what’s the worst is that your followers who rely on this coverage believe your bs.
— The Holy Spirit (@TweetOfSpirit_) January 13, 2020
This is the lie of the fucking year and perhaps of your entire time in office. You have waged a relentless war on health care and pre-ex protections. John McCain, in fact, cast the vote that stopped repeal which you have whined about like a baby for 3 years.1/
— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) January 13, 2020
Your entire presidency has been a festival of lying.
— Steven Thomas (@TheStevenThomas) January 13, 2020
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‘Vaccine or No Vaccine, We’re Back’: Trump Holds Disastrous Presser as Protesting Truckers’ Horns Drown Out Speakers
Protesting truckers and President Donald Trump’s lies were the main events Friday afternoon at a White House coronavirus vaccine update press conference, which had been delayed by nearly an hour. Some administration officials wore masks, some didn’t. The horns blared so loudly they took over at times, forcing the president to acknowledge them, by lying.
“They’re protesting in favor of President Trump, as opposed to against,” Trump lied on camera, insisting it is “the sign of love.”
Trump with horns in background: And you hear that outside, that beautiful sound. Those are truckers that are with us all the way. There protesting in favor of President Trump as opposed to against…. That’s the sign of love pic.twitter.com/VN7ID7dMMK
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 15, 2020
The convoy of truckers lined up outside the White House repeatedly interrupting Trump and other speakers were protesting what they say are too low shipping rates.
“This is our distress call to our commander in chief to address the problems we are facing,” Rick Santiago, who organized the protest, told The Washington Post. “He has called us heroes — his heroes need his help now.”
The noise was so bad at times it drowned out speakers’ and reporters’ voices.
The horns are making the briefing a disaster pic.twitter.com/mxNCSK2cie
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 15, 2020
Trump also lied about coronavirus testing, insisting there are so many tests available that technicians are hanging out with nothing to do.
Trump: Many of the states have so much testing, the testers are waiting for people to show up. It’s great pic.twitter.com/Ay7ana1Y0X
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 15, 2020
He lied about the speed with which America will see a coronavirus vaccine.
Every expert has said that there will be no vaccine before the end of the year, but here is Trump repeating his lie that he wants a vaccine by the end of the year or sooner. pic.twitter.com/iDN8J9cqSD
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) May 15, 2020
So did the Secretary of Defense.
ESPER: "Winning matters and we will deliver by the end of this year a vaccine at scale." (That's a very bold promise.) pic.twitter.com/lKKEzBMCJp
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 15, 2020
And Trump insisted that it’s full speed ahead, the country will reopen as fast as he can force it, and he’s not waiting for a vaccine or anything else. The President said Americans should “fight through” the coronavirus. Over 87,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, likely far more.
“Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back.”
Trump: “Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back.”
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 15, 2020
Trump Campaign Fraudulently Claims ‘Democrats Are Trying to Steal the Election’ as President Calls to ‘Liberate’ Blue States
The Trump re-election campaign on Friday accused Democrats of “trying to STEAL THE ELECTION right before our eyes,” in an email blast with the subject line that reads “Cheaters.”
April 17: Trump accuses Democrats of trying to steal the election. pic.twitter.com/V65E5PWiai
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) April 17, 2020
The email came to some just minutes after President Donald Trump issued a series of tweets that called on Americans to “LIBERATE” three blue states. At least one of them has been subjected to protests by right wing extremists who oppose the governor’s stay-at-home orders. Those orders have worked to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The protests have been linked to the DeVos family.
Washington Post columnist and University College London assistant professor of global politics Brian Klass warns Trump is laying the groundwork to get “his supporters to reject results” of the November election “and use violence.”
Trump is calling for insurrection with reference to guns at the same time his campaign is falsely claiming that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election. This is what despots do. It’s dangerous. He’s laying the groundwork for his supporters to reject results and use violence. pic.twitter.com/pNCeqq0Phz
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) April 17, 2020
Earlier this week Trump posted this unhinged tweet:
GET RID OF BALLOT HARVESTING, IT IS RAMPANT WITH FRAUD. THE USA MUST HAVE VOTER I.D., THE ONLY WAY TO GET AN HONEST COUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2020
In fact, the only “ballot harvesting” that has ever been charged was by a Republican in North Carolina.
‘Every Word of This Is a Lie’: Trump’s New White House Press Secretary Flops by Fibbing – Gets Destroyed by Experts
President Donald Trump’s brand new White House press secretary has gotten off on the same wrong foot as every one of his other press secretaries have, by lying. And now she’s paying the price, with her reputation, just as Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Stephanie Grisham did.
Kayleigh McEnany, who Trump imported from his re-election campaign, struck out on Twitter Thursday with what many are declaring are complete and total lies about the President’s horrific coronavirus testing record.
(Speaking of records, McEnany’s is that of a racist, a birther, and a hypocrite.)
President Donald Trump likes to claim the U.S. has tested “more people” than any country in the world, but given the U.S. has the third-largest population, that’s not saying much. What matters is per-capita testing – how many tests per million people. And the U.S., thanks to Trump, is doing extremely poorly – and trending worse. Which means more people are dying than would have if Trump had gotten testing right.
For the record, the United States ranks first in the world for total number of coronavirus cases (653,751), and for total number of COVID-19 deaths (33,434). (Note: numbers are constantly being updated.)
The United States, which up until the coronavirus pandemic had been rated one of the most-prepared nations to handle a pandemic, currently ranks a dismal 43rd in the world for coronavirus testing, on a per-capita basis. (On Wednesday it was 49th.)
McEnany’s framing fits right in with the way every Trump administration official speaks about this President, as she shows in this series of tweets.
Under President @realDonaldTrump’s leadership we have quickly developed the most expansive and accurate testing system in the world.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) April 16, 2020
As a result, the United States has now conducted more than 3.3 million tests, FAR MORE than any other country in the world.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) April 16, 2020
Many are outraged over her falsehoods and truth-twisting.
Global health activist, epidemiologist, and Assistant Professor at Yale School of Public Health Gregg Gonsalves makes quite clear McEnany’s claims are false.
Every word of this is a lie including “the” & “and”. Instead of getting to work, @realDonaldTrump does some Soviet-style propagandizing. We botched the scale-up of testing from day 1 and continue to do so. We need 2-3M tests a week at a minimum. We do ~147,000 a day now.
— Gregg Gonsalves (@gregggonsalves) April 16, 2020
The Nation’s sports editor Dave Zirin, a highly-respected journalist, apparently agreed – but had a few more points to make:
You’re a racist liar. WHERE ARE THE TESTS?!?!?!?
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) April 16, 2020
Cornell Law law professor Josh Chafetz:
— Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) April 16, 2020
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent:
This tweet from Trump’s new propagandist neatly demonstrates that empty, nonsensical, insulting displays like this is all they have left, as I tried to argue today: https://t.co/yWKpVzBxnl https://t.co/vLTPtlxc8H
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 16, 2020
Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, former TIME managing editor, author Richard Stengel:
Under President @realDonaldTrump‘s failed leadership, we have had botched testing at the federal level that does not allow an accurate picture nationally of who is infected and who is not. That’s what people around the world see. https://t.co/yMtXq9VS8S
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) April 16, 2020
Contributor to The Nation Joshua Holland:
#COVID19 tests per 1,000 people:
South Korea: 10.4
United States: 9.3 https://t.co/BqTOyFtBN5
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) April 16, 2020
Writer at The New Yorker John Cassidy:
New WH press secretary going 1984 from the getgo. https://t.co/toHgbKH2q5
— John Cassidy (@JohnCassidy) April 16, 2020
Newsweek White House Correspondent Andrew Feinberg:
FACT CHECK: The U.S. still lags behind Germany, Italy, Australia, Denmark, and South Korea in tests per capita, which is the metric that actually matters. (source: https://t.co/Lf67SssOEe) https://t.co/LV4PnIJWVm pic.twitter.com/3hJk8q5WPH
— AndrewFeinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) April 16, 2020
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